The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

By Adam Gidwitz

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A 2017 Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award 

An exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm. Beautifully illustrated throughout! 

The Inquisitor's Tale is one of the most celebrated children's books of the year! ★ New York Times Bestseller ★ A New York Times Editor’s Choice ★ A New York Times Notable Children’s Book ★ A People Magazine Kid Pick ★ A Washington Post Best Children’s Book ★ A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book ★ An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book ★ A Booklist Best Book ★ A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book ★ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book ★ A Publishers Weekly Best Book ★ A School Library Journal Best Book ★ An ALA Notable Children's Book

“A profound and ambitious tour de force. Gidwitz is a masterful storyteller.” —Matt de la Peña, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author
“What Gidwitz accomplishes here is staggering." —New York Times Book Review

Includes a detailed historical note and bibliography
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.
Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together. 

Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout by illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adam’s trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling that’s richly researched and adventure-packed.

It’s no surprise that Gidwitz’s latest book has been likened to The Canterbury Tales, considering its central story is told by multiple storytellers. As each narrator fills in what happens next in the story of the three children and their potentially holy dog, their tales get not only more fantastical but also more puzzling and addictive. However, the gradual intricacy of the story that is not Gidwitz’s big accomplishment. Rather it is the complex themes (xenophobia, zealotry, censorship etc.) he is able to bring up while still maintaining a light tone, thus giving readers a chance to come to conclusions themselves. (Also, there is a farting dragon.)”—Entertainment Weekly, “Best MG Books of 2016

"Puckish, learned, serendipitous . . . Sparkling medieval adventure." —Wall Street Journal

★ "Gidwitz strikes literary gold with this mirthful and compulsively readable adventure story. . . . A masterpiece of storytelling that is addictive and engrossing." —Kirkus, starred review

★ "A well-researched and rambunctiously entertaining story that has as much to say about the present as it does the past." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Gidwitz proves himself a nimble storyteller as he weaves history, excitement, and multiple narrative threads into a taut, inspired adventure." —Booklist, starred review

★ "Scatological humor, serious matter, colloquial present-day language, the ideal of diversity and mutual understanding—this has it all." —The Horn Book, starred review

★ "I have never read a book like this. It’s weird, and unfamiliar, and religious, and irreligious, and more fun than it has any right to be. . . . Gidwitz is on fire here, making medieval history feel fresh and current." —School Library Journal, starred review

Publisher: Puffin Books
ISBN-13: 9780142427378
ISBN-10: 0142427373
Published on 3/20/2018
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 400

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Have you ever wondered how fairy tales were formed? Look no further than The Inquisitor's Tale! I really enjoyed this, and it gave a unique perspective in how stories are written. Each of the characters were unique, such as Jeanne being influenced by Joan of Arc, as both are strong warriors. Jacob's motivation about family was especially important and was very real. I also loved Will's character, because he was so kind and passionate about his religion. The illustrations also brought a whole new level and helped me with the different characters. What I loved most about the book was how much the author made sure that the book was authentic. He did a lot of research to make sure that he was proud of the story, and I could tell he put a lot of hard work into writing this book! Overall, I would suggest this book for older readers who want to read about a more serious story that also has a great plot!

Alison Alison

Hi everyone if somebody knows the plot and conflict os this book "The Inquisitor's Tale" please comment down below because I have to do a book report on this and I need to turn it in on Monday. I will be some happy if you would help me out. Thank You so much

Roni Roni

I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed it

This was by far one of the best books I've ever read! Full of adventure, betrayal, suspense, and, of course, never-ending inquisition. In this tale, a man comes to an inn seeking a story. Not just any story, though. No way, this man was looking for a story of three children. Oh, and their holy dog, Gwenforte, of course. The man hears of their adventures to reach their destinations, save ancient Jewish books, and escape a king and his mother. This book has kept me on my toes ever since I first opened it and I knew when I closed it, it wouldn't be for the last time.

This story is about three children and one dog who have the adventure of a lifetime. Jenna is just a regular pheasant girl-until she starts having visions of the future. After she protects her Gwen, the dog and also a saint, who happened to come back to life after years of death, she is put on the wanted list and goes on the run. Jacob is a Jewish boy who can heal any wound. After some teen thugs set fire onto the Jewish part of town, he goes to try and finding his parents. William is a dark and very large young monk, who has supernatural strength. He sets off to deliver a set of books to another monastery after he is kicked out of his own. When the children meet they join forces, and set off on an incredible adventure, full of danger, nobility, and conflict. This was a very interesting medieval tale. There were so many little details about life during that time period, you could tell the author researched a lot. I also liked that there were relatable problems in the book, even though they were in a different century. Problems dealing with race, prejudice, and religion were throughout the book. I have never read a book like this before. Each chapter was told by a different narrator, and it was told in the sense that the storytellers were at a pub, just sitting around, telling their part. Sometimes it was confusing, if you didn’t pay attention the the title you didn’t know who was speaking. For some people I am sure that it would be pure frustration and they would give up almost immediately. Somehow for me though, it worked. I liked knowing the story from different points of view, and for most of the book they are telling it after it has already happened. I also thought the illustrations were cool. The way the book was formatted was that there were larger margins, and all the drawings were stretched along side the words. Sometimes the pictures made sense, or like the illustrator warns us at the beginning they are random, and are like a doodle book. I recommend this book to older elementary students and middle school students, especially those who enjoy reading about medieval culture. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

OMG, I just started reading this and it already looks so good!!😀😄

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I like this book <3

nessa nessa

My kids enjoy this book and my husband too!

Jessica Jessica

I already have this book and it's great

This story takes place in the Middle Ages and is told in a way that reminds me of an old fairytale. It revolves around three children -- Jeanne, William and Jacob -- from very different backgrounds. Together with a white greyhound named Gwenforte, they face many adventures and obstacles, meeting interesting characters along the way. I liked the details, the way the kids worked together. Whenever I sense harm to an animal coming in a book, I usually skip it. But, the author did a really good job of telling you upfront that the animal(s) would be OK, which I really liked. There's a passage in the book: "Sometimes, it turns out, the most important decisions in life are made by your dog." I think it's my favorite passage to ever read in a book. I think other readers will enjoy this book, too.